Dodgers bring up top prospect Cody Bellinger

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He was 23 for 67 (.343) with nine extra-base hits (four doubles, five home runs) and a 1.055 OPS in 18 games for the OKC Dodgers.

Interesting enough was that the Dodgers waited for the right opportunity to call up Bellinger because they didn't want to waste his bat on the bench in the big leagues.

MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports that the Dodgers have promoted 1B/OF prospect Cody Bellinger. Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has started poorly this season, too, which might have contributed to the decision to go with Bellinger instead of an outfield-only option. Let's hope Pederson's injury isn't too severe and we can see both Bellinger and Pederson in the outfield at the same time.

Bellinger, who is getting his first call-up to the major leagues, is expected to share time in the outfield at the outset. He may be able to replace Andrew Toles eventually in left field.

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Family: He is the son of Clay Bellinger, who played for the New York Yankees and Anaheim Angels from 1999 to 2002. "And obviously, the more positions you can play the better - for now and the future". The Dodgers' struggles against left-handed pitching have been well documented as the team lost seven of its first nine games against a lefty starter this year. "From day one to now where I'm at, it's going to be a fun year".

Bellinger was selected by the Dodgers in the fourth round of the 2013 amateur draft.

He opened with the advanced rookie league team in Ogden in 2014 and fought through an injury, but put up big numbers, hitting.312/.352/.474 on the season with three home runs, six triples and eight stolen bases along with a 6.44 percent walk rate and 17.17 percent strikeout rate.

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